Author Archives: YC

Ha Giang off the Beaten Path

Day 3 of Ha Giang Province – February 6, 2016 Quyet Tiet market in Ton Ba district is an ethnic minorities market off the beaten path — not quite as popular nor colorful as Cao Bac’s Flower Hmong market. I … Continue reading

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Green Prosperity in Indonesia

Yesterday, I went to the first round table talk about the Indonesian MCC Compact. Pak Dino, the Ambassador to the United States, spoke about how this is the first true partnership between the US and Indonesia. Rather than focusing on … Continue reading

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Working Findings: In-Depth Interviews with Youth in Eastern Indonesia

Here is a draft of the findings section of my ‘big’ paper about youth financial inclusion in Eastern Indonesia. The 15 page paper summarizes about 30 hours of in-depth interviews that I conducted earlier this year. While writing it, I … Continue reading

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Indonesia’s Domestic Workers: Economic Heroes, Victims of Foreign Policy Failure

June 16, 2011—the International Labour Conference signs ILO Convention No. 189 on decent work for domestic workers.[1] In a speech to the ILO, President Susilo Bambang Yudhuyono calls Indonesia’s migrant workers the country’s “economic heroes” and labor experts call it … Continue reading

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A Visit to Dian Desa in Maumere

In August, I went to Flores. Not only was it one of the most beautiful place I have been to, but it is also one of the least developed islands in Indonesia. Dian Desa works to build awareness about sanitation … Continue reading

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West Timor Research Insights from a Boren Fellow

Here is a post from the Kiva blog about my the research I did while in Kupang in April 2010. 1 May 2011 Yvonne Chen, a Boren Fellow in Indonesia (2010-2011) and a graduate student at The George Washington University’s … Continue reading

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A Religious Sect and a Mosque Takeover

Last month, a brutal attack against members of the Ahmadiyah occured in Cikeusik, Pandeglang (Banten) that  killed three Ahmadis in the presence of police officers. Now, the mayor of Depok (West Java) ordered the reopening of an Ahmadiyah mosque, which was previously closed. … Continue reading

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